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Written by:
Kathryn Martin-Chambers
31 Mar 2023

Professor Jan-Melissa Schramm will take up post as Vice-Master of Trinity Hall on 1 April 2023.

Professor Schramm was Acting Vice-Master during Lent term 2023 and was elected by Governing Body to serve as Vice-Master for a four-year term. She is Professor of Literature and Law in the English Faculty, Director of Studies in English at Trinity Hall, and was Deputy Director at CRASSH between 2017 and 2020.

Her field of expertise is the history of the English novel and the wider cultural relations of law and the humanities. She is the author of three monographs and the editor of two collections of essays, and her current book project is on the role played by literary culture in the formation of national constitutions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Professor Schramm said: “Trinity Hall supported me in the earliest stages of my career two decades ago, when I first started out as a College Teaching Officer in English. It’s so rewarding to be able to give something back to the College community, particularly in terms of supporting the new generation of younger Fellows.

“It’s a huge honour to serve as Vice-Master as our new Master settles into her role. For the first time in the College’s history, Trinity Hall has both a female Master and Vice-Master.

“Trinity Hall has a wonderful sense of community and a hard-working, dedicated Fellowship: it’s exciting to see what the next steps will be in our journey together.”

Mary Hockaday, Master, said: “Professor Schramm has a great deal of College and University experience, considerable wisdom and a wonderful commitment to Trinity Hall and its community of Fellows, students and staff. I am delighted she has been elected as Vice-Master at this forward-looking time for Trinity Hall.”